August 18 MLB Rundown

Thursday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your August 18 MLB rundown to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Astros vs Orioles

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who reached 1,000 hits against the Cardinals on Tuesday, has had a lot of success against Baltimore, just not recently. In Houston’s three-game sweep of the O’s earlier this season, Altuve went 1-for-13.

Dodgers vs Phillies

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has hit safely in eight straight games, going 15-for-36. Teammate Adrian Gonzalez is 18-for-40 with 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored during a 10-game hitting streak.

White Sox vs Indians

Cleveland’s first baseman Carlos Santana has a career batting average of .364 (4-for-11) off Rodon. Santana is the only Cleveland batter with double-digit career at-bats vs. the southpaw hitting over .200.

Marlins vs Reds

Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the Reds lineup on Wednesday after missing the previous two contests due to injury and delivered the key hit with a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh.

Nationals vs Braves

Nats outfielder Jayson Werth has reached base in 45 consecutive games. He has a chance to tie the franchise record if he reaches base on Thursday.

Twins vs Royals

Twins rookie right-hander Tyler Duffey goes for his second win over the Royals in six days.

Mariners vs Angels

Fourteen game winning pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has dominated the Angels’ two biggest threats in large sample sizes. Mike Trout is hitting just .214 (9-for-42) and Albert Pujols only .133 (3-for-45) vs. Iwakuma.

Padres vs Diamondbacks

Arizona right fielder Yasmany Tomas isn’t having any issues at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two homers and a career-best six RBIs in Wednesday’s 13-5 victory over the New York Mets. Tomas has slugged 12 homers in his past 19 games and has seven multi-homer games while belting 25 this season.

Mets vs Giants

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been superb against the Mets in his career by going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in five career outings. Mets counter-attacks with their ace Jacob deGrom, who is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. Pitching duel to be expected.

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August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Top Selection

June 6th 2016

With ten game available for fantasy baseball MLB Draft on Monday starting at 7PM ET,  here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
 Jon Lester P CHC @PHI 65.5 32.5 33 34.5
 Nolan Arenado 3B COL @LAD 55.5 20.2 17.5 16.2
 Evan Longoria 3B TB @ARI 53.5 32.8 27.3 18.4
 Corey Seager SS LAD COL 51 39 25 18.3
 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL @LAD 50.5 26.5 23.6 23.5
 Elvis Andrus SS TEX HOU 49.5 21.7 18.6 11.9
 Mark Trumbo OF BAL KC 45 20.8 15.8 13.5
 Logan Morrison 1B TB @ARI 45 33.7 23 14.6
 Adam Jones OF BAL KC 44.5 22.5 15.7 10
 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX HOU 42 21 16.6 15.9
 James McCann C DET TOR 41.5 15.5 10.2 8.3
 Evan Gattis C HOU @TEX 39 20.5 16.3 13.3
 DaeHo Lee 1B SEA CLE 39 16 15.5 11
 Starling Marte OF PIT NYM 37.5 22.2 12.8 13
 Steven Souza Jr OF TB @ARI 36.5 14.7 12.2 6.9
 JD Martinez OF DET TOR 36 21 17.7 12.2
 Kole Calhoun OF LAA @NYY 36 21.8 22 13.9
 Francisco Lindor SS CLE @SEA 35.5 22.7 14.1 13.7

Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Notables

  • Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said Ryan Howard will return from his brief sabbatical from the Phillies’ lineup during the Cubs series. Tommy Joseph has started the past five games at first. Joseph should start again against Jon Lester on Monday, with Howard reclaiming first base for the final two games.
  • The return to AL play means C.J. Cron, who’s basically splitting time at first base and designated hitter, will return to the Angels’ lineup. Cron has driven in 21 runs over his last 30 games.
  • Gregorio Petit faces his former team this week. Petit mainly played for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate last season, but he has become the Angels’ starting shortstop with Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington on the disabled list.
  • Starting shortstop Ketel Marte is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL by the Mariners and be in the lineup for the first time since being sidelined May 21 with a sprained left thumb. Seattle is still without center fielder Leonys Martin, who will be out at least until Friday with a strained hamstring.
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MLB Daily Cash Draft  Top 20

May 18th 2016

After an incredible evening of MLB daily cash draft yesterday, it’s time to see what today offers (click to join). Check out the top 20 player list below.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game Fp Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Khris Davis OF OAK TEX 71 24.5 19.9 16
David Price P BOS @KC 57 41.2 33.2 24
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI MIA 53 25 27.6 21.5
Drew Pomeranz P SD SF 52.5 39.7 38 26.3
Paulo Orlando OF KC BOS 48 19.7 12.1 7.7
Tyler White 1B HOU @CWS 47.5 21.5 12.7 8.6
Mallex Smith OF ATL @PIT 47.5 17.5 14.6 9.7
RA Dickey P TOR TB 47.5 29.5 22.1 16.6
Justin Verlander P DET MIN 47.5 29 32.2 22.3
Chris Tillman P BAL SEA 46 42.3 39.9 27.6
Nelson Cruz OF SEA @BAL 45 17.7 21.1 13.9
Johnny Cueto P SF @SD 44.5 30.2 36 30.2
Joc Pederson OF LAD @LAA 44.5 18.7 14.6 11.2
John Lackey P CHC @MIL 40.5 34 39.8 26.4
Brandon Crawford SS SF @SD 39 14.8 10 10.2
Rajai Davis OF CLE @CIN 39 19.7 11.6 8.1
Desmond Jennings OF TB @TOR 38.5 12.8 10.7 5.1
Travis Shaw 3B BOS @KC 36 16.8 17.9 17.3
Evan Gattis C HOU @CWS 36 14.8 9.9 10.7
Rich Hill P OAK TEX 33.5 39.2 36.5 30.7

MLB Daily Cash Draft Notables

  • Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .367 in his career at Camden Yards after going 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday’s series opener. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz has reached base safely in 43 of 46 career games against the O’s.
  • Major League Baseball announced several suspensions to members of the Blue Jays and Rangers on Tuesday following the on-field incidents in their game on Sunday. Manager John Gibbons will serve the second game of his three-game suspension on Wednesday, and first-base coach Tim Leiper will return after serving his one-game suspension on Tuesday. Outfielder Jose Bautista (one game) and pitcher Jesse Chavez (three games) have each appealed and will be available until the process is complete.
  • Milwaukee’s pitcher Jimmy Nelson has had success against many of the Cubs top hitters. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell are a combined 9-for-47 (.191) with 17 strikeouts against the right-hander.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier missed Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed illness and should return to the lineup on Wednesday.
  • The Dodgers’ young sluggers are on a tear. Shortstop Corey Seager had his first career multi-homer game on Sunday against the Cardinals, outfielder Trayce Thompson had his first career multi-homer game on Monday against the Angels and Joc Pederson went deep twice for the second time in his career on Tuesday. The Dodgers have homered in 11 consecutive games, dating back to May 7.
  • San Diego’s Matt Kemp leads all active Major Leaguers in hits, runs, doubles and RBIs against the Giants.
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MLB Weekend Recap: The weekend of Double Homers

This weekend in the MLB showed some very volatile Fantasy Performances which means huge point totals (and huge profits) if you put together the right mix of players. In the fantasy world, pitchers benefit from low scoring games and hitters benefit from high scoring games so it is rare to see Fantasy MLB contests where both hitters and pitchers thrived, however that was the case this weekend.

Pitchers

The bluechip pitchers who got the start this weekend were Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, and Max Scherzer pitching for the Giants, Dodgers, and Nationals respectively. Starting with the biggest performance, Bumgarner managed to provide fantasy value despite the huge premium that came with including him your lineup. He pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit and pitching 9 strikeouts in the Giants win over the Padres. This earned him a total of 61.5 fantasy points.

Greinke fell just short of these numbers against the D-backs but it was still enough for the win. Zach Greinke pitched for 8 innings with 8 strikeouts, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, but no runs. His bullpen almost lost it in the last inning as the Dodgers won in a close 4-3. Greinke totaled 54.5 fantasy points.

Lastly, Scherzer earned 49.5 fantasy points in 8 innings against the Marlins accumulating 6 strikeouts. The Nationals won the game 5-0 and Scherzer delivered 49.5 fantasy points to your MLB Daily Fantasy Contest lineup.

Also performing well on the weekend for a lower salary level was Anthony DeSclafani with 52.0 fantasy points, Kyle Gibson of the Twins with 51.0 fantasy points, Rich Hill with 50.5 fantasy points, and Drew Smyly with 50.0 fantasy points. Though the focus always seems to be on the spotlight pitchers, these are the pitchers that win high stakes tournaments due to the fantasy value they deliver. If you can spend only 8000 on a pitcher like this as opposed to 14000 for Greinke, that allows you to attain higher quality hitters.

Hitters

The trend in MLB Fantasy consistency is that pitchers are reliable, yet hitters provide a high end value. With a pitcher, you can usually predict their point total within 10 points, however, hitters may end the day with all strikeouts and negative points, and they may end the day with 2 homers and 70 fantasy points.

This weekend had a couple players really blow up at each position. The first notable was Corey Seager of the Dodgers. He had a homer and double on his four hits against the Diamondbacks, totaling up 48 fantasy points and leading Short Stops on the weekend.

There were some big performances in the Outfield. Brett Gardner of the Yankees totaled 54.0 points on Saturday with 2 homers and 6 RBIs. On the opposing team, Jose Bautista hit two homers of his own for 53.5 fantasy points. The Yankees and Blue Jays had a double header on Saturday however so these point totals were in different games (meaning different MLB Daily Fantasy Tournaments). Also, relevant was Chris Coghlan of the Cubs who hit a homer and two triples all in the same game for 51.0 fantasy points.

Although this weekend may stand to argue, two homers in one game is not a normal statistical occurrence. David Ortiz added to the list of players who accomplished that feat on Saturday as he hit a couple out of the park and earned himself 51.0 fantasy points.

Yet the list still isn’t over. Add to that a couple third basement. Mike Moustakas of the Royals hit a couple homers with 9 RBI’s, leading the weekends fantasy totals with 68.5 fantasy points! Adrian Beltre hit two of his own but that only amounted to 50.5 fantasy points for him.

At second base, Jonathan Schoop hit two homers for 44.5 fantasy points on Sunday and at first base, CJ Cron from the Angels hit two of his own for 41.5 fantasy points. These two players provided huge fantasy value hitting those numbers as they came at such a low salary level. Surprisingly, no catchers were able to accomplish that feat as we usually see power hitting catchers such as Russell Martin, Brian Mccann, Nick Hundley, or Evan Gattis.

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